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Paddles Coming Summer 2022!

Amenities are at the heart of the Chatham Park master-planned community. We are committed to offering residents and guests a community which encourages a well-rounded life. To achieve that goal, we continue to develop resources and facilities that will enhance the Chatham Park lifestyle and build on our five pillars of Innovation, Connectivity, Quality Design, Healthy Balance, and Stewardship. 

Our next recreational venture, Paddles – a swim and pickleball amenity – will be the perfect complement to our community vision and provide area residents with even more leisure options. Scheduled to open summer 2022, Paddles will be located in the Vineyards next to Knight Farm Community Park and will feature a six-lane competition-style pool with a slide, a kiddie pool, and a concession stand for future swim meets. Members will benefit from the cabanas, individual loungers, and outdoor showers. Outside of the swim area, plans are underway for eight pickleball courts, a nod to the growing popularity of this niche sport. Not familiar with pickleball? Easier to learn than tennis with less stress on the joints than aerobics, pickleball is a great way to stay healthy and meet your neighbors!

We are also excited to utilize Paddles as our new Information Center for the Vineyards. The club building will boast a sales center, offices and a kitchen area for sales center employees, a pool equipment room, restrooms, and a concession stand. Stay tuned as we will continue to introduce even more amenities to be delivered!

Membership at Paddles will be available to Chatham Park residents and non-residents alike. Fees and membership structure are still in development.

We look forward to sharing more details about this exciting addition to Chatham Park as they become available. Paddles is just one more example of the incredible growth happening in our technology centric 7,068-acre live, work, play, learn master-planned community located just outside of Raleigh in Pittsboro, North Carolina. For more information on our current amenities, our homes, or how we are fulfilling our promises for more balanced lifestyle opportunities, visit us at www.ChathamPark.com.

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Spring into the Town of Pittsboro, Chatham Park’s own Backyard

One of the best times of the year, in Chatham Park, comes with the return of warmer temperatures and its famous Carolina blue spring skies. As soon as the first flowers peek their heads from the ground, residents emerge from the nests of their homes to enjoy all the balmy day offerings that the quaint Town of Pittsboro, NC presents. Here are a list of some of our favorite springtime activities around Chatham Park.

Pittsboro First Sunday

Pittsboro leaps into action at the start of the spring season with the return of First Sundays, hosted by the Pittsboro Business Association. This Artisan Fair and Market is a family-friendly event that should become a regular addition to everyone’s calendar. Local vendors fill their booths with art, jewelry, soaps, pottery, and more. There are also a variety of food trucks to choose from, when the shopping bags are full, to wrap up the afternoon with a delicious regional treat. The Artisan Fair and Market will be open the first Sunday of each month in downtown Pittsboro from noon to 4pm, March to December. 

Local Farmers Markets

Shopping local is so simple in Pittsboro as there are farmers’ markets available several days per week. There are endless opportunities to grab some baked goods, jams, jellies, fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, and more.  

  • The Fearrington Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays, in Fearrington Village, from 3:00-5:00pm.  
  • The Pittsboro Farmers Market is open on Thursdays, from 3:00-6:00pm at Main Street Station. 
  • The Chatham Mills Farmers Market returns to Hillsboro Street on April 2nd, open Saturday afternoons beginning at 12:00pm.

YMCA Leprechaun Dash

As old man winter takes his leave, Chatham County welcomes a very special Leprechaun! The inaugural Chatham County YMCA Leprechaun Dash will take place on the morning of March 12th. The paved course, with a downhill finish, will have options for all levels of participants, with both 5k and 10k distances. Walkers, runners, and baby strollers/joggers are all welcome. Prizes will be awarded to those with the most Leprechaun spirit, but the real winners will be the children of Chatham County who will be the beneficiaries of this fun for the whole family fundraiser. The course will start at the YMCA and traverse right through Chatham Park, the proud signature sponsor. After logging your distance for the day, take a quick cooldown walk to any of Pittsboro’s nearby restaurants or breweries. 

Found It! Chatham Rabbit Hunt

Found It! is back for its second year, on April 9th, in downtown Pittsboro. Hillsboro Street will hide six newly embellished rabbit sculptures for participants to track down in a selfie scavenger hunt. The first 25 people to return to Pittsboro’s Welcome Center, with their mission and photos complete, will win a voucher to participating downtown businesses. Have your cameras ready at 10:30am! 

ClydeFEST

Hosted by the Chatham Arts Council, ClydeFEST is an annual kids event that celebrates local folk artist, Clyde Jones. This old-school carnival includes arts and crafts activities for all ages, food trucks, information booths, and live performances. For the first time in two years, ClydeFEST will be returning to Bynum Ball Park to celebrate its 20th anniversary on April 30th from 11am to 4pm. Admission is free. 

PBO Farm & Art Dinner

Main Street Pittsboro will roll out the tables and chairs to create one giant farm table on May 1st as the annual PBO Farm & Art Dinner returns to Hillsboro Street. Guests will enjoy farm to fork dishes while listening to local music – a true celebration of the local agriculture and artistry that makes Pittsboro so unique. 

Maple View Ice Cream Truck

Are you a lover of ice cream? The Maple View Mobile Ice Cream Truck will tap into the local fruit harvest of blueberries, blackberries, and more to add to its traditional menu which features over twenty different flavors. Maple View Mobile is locally owned, distributing ice cream and yogurts from Pittsboro’s Simply Natural Creamery right to your Chatham Park doorstep. 

Carolina Tiger Rescue

What better way to celebrate the Year of the Tiger than a visit to the Carolina Tiger Rescue? The tiger population is the focus of conservationists worldwide this year as 2022 marks the completion of a twelve-year initiative to double wild tiger populations. This initiative was kicked off with the last Year of the Tiger in 2010 and, while populations are on the rise, there is still much more work ahead. The Pittsboro- based tiger rescue has many ways for its neighbors to join the effort. 

Bynum Music Series

Bynum’s General Store, on Bynum Road in Pittsboro, has brought back its Bynum Music Series, started in 2001 to help sustain the history of this retired cotton mill.  Upcoming shows are on the books for March 19th (Tim Smith, William Nesmith, Junkman Jack Gorham), April 2nd (Abigail Dowd, Lyn Koonce, Eric Bannan), and April 16th (Joe Newberry, April Verch). Check out Bynum Front Porch for the latest updates.

Spring is alive and well in the Town of Pittsboro and the residents of Chatham Park are fortunate to have endless options to enjoy this amazing time of year right in their own backyard. Come visit both today and find the perfect place to put down your roots!

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Wagoner Homes, a Generational Building Company, added to Custom Builder Team

Chatham Park continues to provide a variety of housing options for various lifestyles in preparation of an influx of people searching for jobs as the Triangle and Triad continue to attract major employers and gain lucrative additions to their megasites. 

“Chatham Park is pleased to welcome Wagoner Homes to our builder team, said Vanessa Jenkins, Executive Vice President of Preston Development. “With a father-son team boasting over 4 decades of building custom homes in the Triangle, the Wagoners have established a reputation of excellence that is critical to our ongoing strategy at Chatham Park of offering floor plans that will accommodate every stage of life.”  

Wagoner Homes is joining the custom builder team in the second custom home section to be offered within Vineyards at Chatham Park. This new section, located near the intersection of Vine Parkway and Wendover Parkway will offer 18 additional custom home opportunities in Chatham Park. 

The Vineyards at Chatham Park custom builder team is comprised of four luxury builders featuring plans that integrate seamlessly into the topography. Many plans offered by this team are inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and include a modern prairie architecture which includes functional and flowing spaces. These homes are defined by an open first floor concept which combines the living and dining room spaces, and allows for customized niches depending on the needs of the homeowner. A minimalist approach to the finishes is typical in this style, as is entire walls of windows, allowing natural light to envelope the home.

“We are excited to join the Chatham Park builder team”, said Jerry Wagoner, President of Wagoner Homes. “With the stellar reputation of the developer, and their foresight in creating a community that has the vision necessary to create a lasting, sustainable community, what better place to continue to build our future?”

Those who choose to purchase a home in Chatham Park will benefit from an array of amenities within the community including 30 miles of scenic walking, biking and multimodal trails; playgrounds and a splash pad; picnic facilities; access to Haw River and Jordan Lake, and much more. Penguin Place, located in Chatham Park, offers a craft brewery, several dining options including Café Root Cellar, Mi Cancun, and Marco’s Pizza, as well as other needed services such as eye care, real estate, and financial planning. Residents of Chatham Park will also enjoy close proximity to MOSAIC, a 44-acre live-work-play-learn mixed-use development located within Chatham Park along Highway 15-501. MOSAIC provides upscale opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment, as well as spaces for businesses and health care facilities.

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Live Large! The Benefits of a Master-Planned Community

Why consider a move to a master-planned community? They’re not the stale collection of cookie- cutter houses that you may associate with developments from decades ago. Those older communities typically included only a neighborhood pool or lots adjacent to the golf course in a quest to add the title of “planned” to their names. A true master-planned community is built with a long-term vision that includes upgrades and additions to inspire its residents far into the future. When Chatham Park broke ground in 2014, it was with the goal of creating a self-sustaining community that would provide easy access to a variety of eateries, unique boutiques, healthcare, recreation, schools, and work. 

In this modern approach to master-planned communities, the residential spaces are representative of only a small piece of the exciting puzzle of a fully immersive neighborhood. Perhaps the biggest selling point of a modern master-planned community is convenience. In Chatham Park, for example, every new home, every storefront, every office, and every road connecting them has been designed to please both the eye and the mind. Master-planned communities take away the necessity to spend time away from your home base as you traverse from store to store over long distances. Errands and appointments are no longer ad hoc. Instead, your to-do list can be completed within your own community, close to home, allowing you to save time while mingling with your friends and neighbors.

Penguin Place, Chatham Park’s inaugural retail enclave, includes essential services such as eye care, financial planning, and real estate advisors. It also offers delicious dining options with four friendly restaurants: Café Root Cellar, House of Hops, Marco’s Pizza, and Mi Cancun. Whether opting for a night out, eating outside under the Carolina blue sky, or grabbing take-out to serve at home, there is truly something for everyone within the community. Moreover, all of these amenities are accessible via walking or biking paths if you don’t want to drive. At completion, there will be over thirty miles of greenways and trails, connecting you to your neighbors and shops without ever having to start your car. 

Chatham Park’s residents have been enjoying the amenities for several years now, and they can look forward to additional resources in the years to come. Just last year, MOSAIC debuted as the gateway to the community with 44 mixed used acres that include retail, restaurants, office space, healthcare, residential offerings, and entertainment venues. It is an entertainment and lifestyle destination alive with experience and stocked with interaction. On the quest for a self-sustaining community, the residents’ needs will continue to be filled in this lifestyle destination over the course of the next twelve months. 

It is sometimes difficult, when putting down new roots, to predict the future of a neighborhood. Will it flourish? Will it maintain its beauty? What types of businesses will be drawn to it? A master-planned community comes with all those answers, giving its buyers the peace of mind of knowing that their purchase will serve them well for generations to come. These communities offer the opportunity to lock into an investment with a long list of guaranteed and well-thought-out areas of growth. These are neighborhoods that navigate their own future both in the initial planning phases and in constantly tapping into what will be most relevant to those who live within its footprint.

Chatham Park’s vision of the future includes protecting the environment that encompasses it. The location for this community was selected more than a decade ago because of the gorgeous terrain that the over 7,000 acres offered, and the goal is to preserve that beauty for generations to come. To do so, this master-planned community uses clean technologies such as reclaimed water, part of a system that distributes recycled water for irrigation or other industrial uses. The community is also proud to provide electricity to power nearly 750 homes through a forty-six-acre solar farm. Homes within a master-planned community can lead to more stability in resale as the amenities that surround them help them maintain their positive value even as the market ebbs and flows.  

Another benefit of a master-planned community is nearly instant access to clubs and social groups. Those “new to the neighborhood” will not feel left out for long once they tap into the available extracurricular activities in and around their community. Situated with access to both the Haw River and Jordan Lake, North Carolina gems for water sports and hiking, makes living here a dream. The villages will host concerts, farmers’ markets, and art shows, offering many unique opportunities to meet your neighbors. And, in the Spring of 2022, Paddles, a swim and pickleball membership amenity located in Vineyards, right next to Knight Farm Community Park, will open. 

While the idea of moving into a planned development can sound very cookie-cutter, a modern master-planned community is anything but. The thousands of acres that make up Chatham Park create a feeling of spacious living while still placing all imaginable conveniences just steps outside your door. Such master-planned communities are not big box builds in which, once the last mailbox is planted, the neighborhood remains frozen in time. Instead, master-planned communities are ever- evolving to meet the needs and desires of its residents for generations to come. 

Chatham Park, in Pittsboro, NC, is more than just a place to call home; it is a place to thrive. The vision is to create a community that is fully self-sustaining while offering a healthy and balanced lifestyle. 

For more information, visit chathampark.com or email info@chathampark.com.

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Looking for Healthy and Balanced Living?

We are all interested in health, happiness and a balanced life for ourselves and our families. Chatham Park has a wide variety of resources to enjoy such a lifestyle. More than just a new home development, our 7,068-acre live, work, play, learn master-planned community offers you the conveniences to pursue a balanced approach to your life. Here are some of the many ways that life in Chatham Park can help you achieve healthy, emotionally balanced living in 2022!


Work and Family
As working remotely becomes mainstream, Chatham Park ensures that you have the necessary resources to successfully balance work and family. Thoughtfully designed floorplans from our nine new home construction builders include features such as dedicated home offices and open-living floor plans. Bonus rooms, lofts, and flex space can serve as study break areas or homeschool classrooms for the kids.
We even offer 5G Fiber Internet from CenturyLinkÆ (now Lumen Technologies) to each home within Vineyards at Chatham Park, giving you the connectivity needed to achieve both your personal and professional goals. 

Chatham Park is also proud to host Garman Homes’ award-winning America At Home Study Concept Home. This national study of adults ages 25-74 with annual household incomes of $50,000 or more was conducted in two waves during the pandemic to gain a better understanding of all that new home and community design requires in a post-pandemic world. We invite you to tour this innovative design – The Barnaby – and get inspired on how you can accomplish a work/family balance in Chatham Park. 

For those who commute to the office, Chatham Park is also conveniently located to interchanges and ramps for Highway 64, and a mere 30-minute ride to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

Eating and Exercise

Chatham Park promotes health by providing an array of restaurant and exercise options. For example, you can enjoy delicious, healthy dishes from several local restaurants in Penguin Place and MOSAIC. Vegetarians will delight in the Roasted Parsnip Soup, full of veggies, from The Root Cellar and those who are staying away from gluten can order a crustless pizza bowl and side salad from Marco’s Pizza. Additional eateries with vegetarian and gluten-free options include Mi Cancun and Jersey Mike’s subs, with more restaurants coming soon. If you are looking to cook from scratch, you can purchase your choice of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs from several farmers markets in the area including the Pittsboro Farmers Market, the Chatham Mills Farmers Market, and the Fearrington Farmers Market. 

We are excited about our new pollinator garden, eight beehives located at the community’s Water Recovery Center, whose approximately 250,000 tiny tenants help provide the pollination for that wonderful produce. As Chatham Park’s development continues, additional pollinator gardens will be installed as part of a healthy ecosystem. These honeybees will also produce local honey – a delicious food with major health benefits.

Chatham Park also boasts a variety of amenities guaranteed to encourage a healthy exercise routine and an extra helping of fresh air. More than 2,000 acres will be dedicated to parks and open space in addition to over 30 miles of scenic walking, biking and multimodal trails. The entire family will benefit from our 10-acre Knight Farm Community Park that includes a playground, covered pavilion with picnic tables and restrooms, measured walking trail, large multi-use field, splash pad, and dog park. Looking for more? Access to Haw River and Jordan Lake provides a slew of outdoor activities including boating, fishing, camping, and water sports. Plans are also underway for a YMCA as well as Paddles, a swim and pickleball amenity featuring a six-lane competition-style pool with a slide, a kiddie pool, and a concession stand for future swim meets. 

Art and Science
To support a healthy, balanced lifestyle, Chatham Park plans to transform mundane elements of everyday life (neighborhood trashcans, water tanks, benches, etc.)
into art pieces to create aesthetically pleasing and useable community spaces. Distinctive installations of art will be used to define the boundaries and many entrances to Chatham Park and its neighborhoods. Other infrastructure elements such as roadways, bridges, stair towers, and community building entrances are designed to become iconic symbols within the Pittsboro art community. Street furnishings like bike racks and signage will also be transformed to give locals a taste of Pittsboro artists’ unique work in a utilitarian setting. 

Balancing the aesthetic, Chatham Park also provides access to high-quality medical care for the Pittsboro and surrounding communities. From local primary care and healthcare specialists to medical facilities such as UNC Health Urgent Care and UNC Rheumatology, Chatham Park offers state-of-the-art options for your physical health. 

Additionally, Chatham Park has made a commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability by promoting a clean, greener lifestyle. For example, Chatham Park has partnered with Southern Energy Management to ensure the best quality of its homes. Together, Chatham Park and Southern Energy Management are implementing ecoSelect® Plus, a program that focuses on increasing energy efficiency, provides support, and assures quality control and consumer confidence. As a result, our new smart homes offer 35% more energy-efficiency than other area homes.

Chatham Park’s focus on clean technology extends to the entire community with its efforts in renewable energy and water conservation. The Chatham Park solar farm spans more than 46 acres, and this 5-megawatt solar installation generates enough electricity to power approximately 750 homes. Taxpayers in Pittsboro will receive significant savings from this effort.  Chatham Park is also revolutionizing the way communities think of water by developing a technologically advanced water treatment plant on site – one of only two in the United States. This concept takes water from being a disposable product that is used only once, to a renewable recyclable resource that can be harvested and reused repeatedly minimizing impurities to surface waters. Over time it will become more expensive to treat raw water for non-potable uses, so this is also an investment for future generations.

Driving through Chatham Park is driving through one of the most forward-thinking communities in the nation. Their commitment to bringing this technology goes back almost 15 years, during the initial planning stages. The combination of sustainable living, art and science installations, office and medical facilities as well as entertainment and outdoor activities, makes this community a perfect place to find a healthy lifestyle for your entire family, both physically and mentally.

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Reflecting on Chatham Park in 2021

December is always a special month to reflect on the milestones and achievements of the year. It is amazing to look back and see what has been accomplished during the past 12 months. This year has been one of development and discovery for Chatham Park as we continue to experience growth in so many ways. Here are just a few of our accomplishments in 2021!

  • 500+ homesites were developed for both single-family homes and townhomes in our technology-centric, 7,068-acre live, work, play, learn community. 
  • Vineyards at Chatham Park welcomed approximately 50 families. This intimate, walkable community includes our first residential section, open communal space, miles of scenic trails, and a 10-acre neighborhood park.
  • Several additions were announced to our Builder Team including Lennar, Tri Pointe Homes, David Weekley Homes, and Homes By Dickerson. Chatham Park now offers homeowners new home designs from nine different builders including custom opportunities. 
  • Plans were finalized for a new phase that will feature homes targeted towards 55+ active adult living. Parallel to the development of Vineyards, this phase will be comprised of 345 homesites and feature three product lines from Encore by David Weekley Homes. 
  • North Carolina based Lowes Foods committed to build a neighborhood grocery store in Northwood Landing. It is expected to provide a total of 150 full-time and part-time jobs to the Pittsboro community. Be on the lookout for the grand opening in late 2022.
  • Our dedication and commitment to research, technology, and well-rounded living – shown in our five pillars: Innovation, Connectivity, Quality Design, Wellness, and Stewardship – were exemplified by Garman Homes’ involvement in the America At Home Study. This national study of adults ages 25-74 with annual household incomes of $50,000 or more, was conducted in two waves during the pandemic to gain a better understanding of all that new home and community design requires in a post-pandemic world. We were extremely honored to host Garman’s award-winning America at Home Study Concept Home – the Barnaby – and look forward to continued work with Garman Homes developing America At Home-inspired homes. 
  • Knight Farm Community Park was dedicated to the town of Pittsboro during the park’s public opening on Memorial Day Weekend. The 10-acre park is one part of roughly 2,000 acres planned for open spaces, parks, and multi-modal trails within the Chatham Park community. Knight Farm Community Park’s amenities boast whimsical playhouse equipment and a natural playground where guests can experience live-edge tree trunk balance beams and slide through a rock garden. Additional features include a measured walking trail on the perimeter, a large multi-use field, a splash pad, and a dog park. A covered pavilion provides public restrooms and several picnic tables. Plenty of unused space remains available within the park for upgrades and future developments as the town of Pittsboro grows and expands.  
  • Plans were shared for our next recreational venture, Paddles – a swim and pickleball amenity. Scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend 2022, Paddles will be located in Vineyards next to Knight Farm Community Park and will feature a six-lane competition-style pool with a slide, a kiddie pool, and a concession stand for future swim meets. Members will benefit from the cabanas, individual loungers, outdoor showers, and eight pickleball courts. 
  • Construction started on Thales Academy, the first onsite school at Chatham Park. We look forward to seeing students and staff populate the Thales’ halls in 2022!
  • In October, we celebrated the “MOSAIC Comes Alive” event series, highlighting the 44-acre mixed use destination known as the gateway to Chatham Park. The UNC Health Urgent Care and the UNC Health Rheumatology opened along with Refuel Gas Station and Convenience Store, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Harris & Company Insurance, and the Chatham Park Information Center at MOSAIC. Several more businesses are scheduled to open in the coming months. Primed to be a vibrant, bustling mecca, MOSAIC blends all aspects of living from city amenities and wide-open country spaces to high-tech resources and contributions from the arts. Over the next four years of development, MOSAIC will become a walkable, urban community with a multitude of offerings including a hotel, retail and restaurants, office space, apartments and condos, entertainment venues, and so much more!
  • Both of our Parade Home builders were recognized at the 2021 Parade of Homes Gala. David Weekley brought home Gold for the Careywood model and Garman Homes was awarded Silver for its No Little Plans design.  Both homes are located in Vineyards at Chatham Park. In addition to the awards, Chatham Park experienced three successful Parade weekends due to beautiful weather, well-executed events, and a steady stream of visitors to the community. During our public event, visitors were able to enjoy food trucks, a caricature artist and participate in a fun scavenger hunt that led them to different locations including the two parade homes, Knight Farm Community Park, information tables for Thales Academy, Tri Pointe Homes and Homes By Dickerson, and the new information center at MOSAIC. 

Chatham Park wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Chatham Park’s New Pollinator Garden at the Water Recovery Center will Benefit Entire Community

The buzz is out that our most recent Chatham Park venture will bring a little sweetness to the life of our residents! Our new pollinator garden, now visible from the roof of the community’s Water Recovery Center (WRC), hosts eight beehives amidst a variety of plants, trees, and bee-friendly perennials. The plants were chosen using the North Carolina cooperative extension as a source by our team of landscape architects. Approximately 250,000 tiny tenants call this area home and will benefit the entire community with their pollination activities. As Chatham Park development continues, additional pollinator gardens will be installed as part of an overall system.

Honeybees are important to our environment in a variety of ways. Their pollination services help to provide food for both humans and animals such as fruits, berries, nuts, and seeds. They also are essential to gardens and trees, pollinating wildflowers and shrubs as well as ensuring beautiful landscaping and healthy, life-giving vegetation. Of course, we cannot forget the incredibly delicious and healthy honey that they produce for us to enjoy. Make sure to be on the lookout for local honey which is not only a wonderful preservative but can also be a remedy for allergies. Purchasing local honey is often the only reward that small time beekeepers get for their efforts, so we encourage you to support local businesses and stock up! You may even get the chance to sample honey from the Chatham Park bees as early as next spring. 

The Chatham Park honeybees were raised in hives at Rocky River Bee Farm, a 15-acre farm near the Rocky River just south of Pittsboro. When their new accommodations were complete, Jody Moore with Rocky River Bees successfully moved the colonies to the WRC to begin their new life. Passionate about apiculture, Moore is a NC Master Beekeeper who promotes the advantages that bees bring to our world. Honeybees differ in many ways from native bee species. While most native bees do not sting at all, a honeybee will die after it stings a human just one time. Additionally, the honeybees’ principal form of communication is through chemicals called pheromones. Moore spent months working with the Chatham Park team so that the landscape architects could design a garden around the needs of the bees as well as his needs as the beekeeper. 

Mimicking hollow tree trunks, these hives allow bees to undergo each stage of their lives from eggs to larvae and then pupae to emerging adults. They will also be able to store pollen and nectar in their new homes and create honey. As the hive grows, more frames will be added. In addition to the eight hives at the WRC, a pollinator “condo” has been installed near the greenway and stormwater pond at Vineyards. This structure, built by Wood Art Studios in Pittsboro, will benefit native bees with numerous areas available for bees to nest individually.  

Since the bees were moved from their original habitat, they must relearn where everything is located. To reduce their stress of finding food, Moore placed feeders in the form of dark blue boxes on top of their homes. Eventually these feeders will be removed once the bees find their own sources of nectar. The feeders were also installed because the bees were moved in late summer before the fall nectar flow so available food was scarce. It is imperative that they be provided with a sugar syrup as 40% of hives die in the winter, many due to starvation. Moore is also conscientious of the fact that since the mid-1980s, honeybees have been plagued by parasitic mites that can kill entire colonies if left untreated. The result has been a dramatic drop in the state’s honeybee population. Moore made sure that our Chatham Park honeybees are treated for the varroa mite and will give the bees continual care. He even plans to harvest the excess honey stores next spring. 

As we promote community togetherness, we encourage our residents in Vineyards at Chatham Park to be good neighbors to these natural wonders. Bees face many challenges, but you can help by planting seasonal foliage, especially plants that bloom during the summertime. Growing organically is always best as pesticides kill bees but here are alternative options to going full organic:

  • Use liquid pesticides, rather than dust, as bees can inadvertently mix dust pesticides with the
    pollen, they are gathering on their legs and then feed their babies with it back at the hive. 
  • Do not spray the blooms themselves. 
  • Treat your plants in the late afternoon or evening. Bees are usually done with their field work by 5 or 6pm. 

Check out NCBeeKeepers.org for more information on the best flowers and shrubs to plant. You can also offer small pollinator condos in your backyard -perfect for native bees – and birdbaths are a huge asset to bees as they spend a lot of their energy bringing water to their hive. Flapping their wings across that water keeps their hive climate controlled at a comfortable 92 degrees year-round. Keep in mind that these tiny insects are traveling and pollinating across an expansive 5-mile radius from their hive. Let’s give them a zone where they can live and flourish!
 
BEE in the Know! Some fun facts about our amazing friends.

  • Bees have five eyes and six legs.
  • Bees have two pairs of wings.
  • Bees fly about 20 mph.
  • Bees are vegetarians while wasps are carnivores.
  • Male bees in the hive are called drones.
  • Female bees in the hive (except the queen) are called worker bees.
  • The queen may lay 600-800 or even up to 2,000 eggs each day during her three- or four-year lifetime. This daily egg production may equal her own weight. She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees. 
  • Worker honeybees live for about four weeks in the spring or summer but up to six months during the winter.
  • The honeybee’s wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz
  • A honeybee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
  • Honeybees are not native to the US.  They were brought by the earliest European settlers.
  • Bees carry pollen on their hind legs in a pollen basket or corbicula.
  • A populous colony may contain 40,000 to 60,000 bees during the late spring or early summer.
  • An average beehive can hold around 50,000 bees.
  • Foragers must collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey.
  • The average forager makes about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
  • Average per capita honey consumption in the US is 1.3 pounds.
  • Bees are important because they pollinate approximately 130 agricultural crops in the US including fruit, fiber, nut, and vegetable crops. Bee pollination adds approximately 14 billion dollars annually to improved crop yield and quality.
  • Only the strongest hives make honey.
  • Honey never spoils and is still edible after it crystallizes.  Just heat the jar in warm water.
  • A swarm is when a colony reproduces. A new queen is made and the old one leaves with about half the workers to start a new colony elsewhere. 
  • Bees are very gentle during a swarm.
  • 80% of native bees do not sting.
  • Home remedies for bee stings include applying meat tenderizer and tobacco.
  • NC has the largest beekeeper association in the country NCSBA.
  • North Carolina has over 500 native bee species.
  • The honeybee is North Carolina’s state insect.
  • Most native bees are cavity dwellers.
  • Over 50% of native bees are solitary nesters which will pollinate blooming plants but do not produce surplus honey.
  • Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water.
  • Honeybees produce beeswax from eight paired glands on the underside of their abdomen. 
  • Honeybees must consume about eight pounds of honey to be able to biochemically produce each pound of beeswax.
  • Fermented honey, known as Mead, is the most ancient, fermented beverage. The term “honeymoon” originated with the Norse practice of consuming large quantities of Mead during the first month of a marriage. 
  • A drone bee comes from an unfertilized egg; therefore, it has no father, but it has a grandfather.
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Enjoy an Eventful 2021 Holiday Season in Chatham Park

Imagine a beautifully wooded backdrop, cold nights, lovely homes lit up with warm lights, and a delicate flurry of activity amongst new businesses. You have just envisioned Chatham Park during the holiday season! Add in the historic town of Pittsboro with its picturesque shops and eateries lining the street and you have a Norman Rockwell postcard in the making. As elves begin to prepare for the wonderful events in and around our master-planned community, we hope you will mark your calendars for the most magical of festivities! 

Annual Tree Lighting in Pittsboro
Kick off the season with the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Hillsboro Street in downtown Pittsboro. This family favorite will take place on Sunday, November 21st from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and will lead into Pittsboro’s Holly Days – a series of seasonal events presented by the Pittsboro Business Association that occur each weekend in December. Be prepared for an array of activities such as live performances by choirs, bands, dancers, and theatre performers as well as refreshments in beautifully decorated downtown shops. Santa Claus sightings have also been known to happen!

Christmas Trees from Phillips Farm of Chatham
When it is time to decorate your own Christmas tree, consider a pre-cut Fraser Fir from Phillips Farms of Chatham. These freshly cut firs are grown in Alleghany County, North Carolina and come in an array of sizes from 3-foot tabletops to 13-foot marvels. You can also pick one of their Choose & Cut trees grown right here in Chatham County. This full-service tree farm carries wreaths, garland, and bows, as well as White Pine and Fraser/White Pine mix roping (garland). They also provide extra services such as the cutting and trimming of your tree to fit your stand, dislodging any stray needles, netting the tree, and tying it on your vehicle. Open the weekend after Thanksgiving, Phillips Farm of Chatham is located at 1282 Hanks Chapel Road in Pittsboro. Visit their website for hours of operation and additional details. 

Pittsboro First Sunday Artisan Fair & Market
Spice up your holiday shopping during Pittsboro’s First Sunday Artisan Fair & Market. Hosted by downtown Pittsboro, this family-friendly event features food trucks and vendors selling art, jewelry, textiles, woodwork, soaps, pottery, and more. The next First Sunday will take place on December 5th from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. and is the perfect opportunity for you to find unique, handcrafted gifts for all of the loved ones on your holiday list!  

Pittsboro Holiday Parade
Colorful, exciting, and just plain old fun, the Pittsboro Holiday Parade is a procession of marching bands, handcrafted floats, dance teams, horse-drawn wagons, and of course…Santa Claus. On Sunday, December 12th from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., take in the sights and sounds of this moving celebration that travels from the east side of town through the center of downtown Pittsboro. Make sure to browse the Pittsboro’s shops and restaurants for a sweet treat or a special gift!

Miracle on Hillsboro Street
This final event of Pittsboro’s Holly Days is scheduled for Sunday, December 19th from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Chatham County Courthouse in downtown Pittsboro. Experience a live show in the historic Chatham County Courthouse with local actors and legal experts. Kids can bring a letter to Santa Claus and their letter may be picked to read during the performance! You do not want to miss Miracle on Hillsboro Street, a local tradition sponsored by Main Street Pittsboro and presented by the Pittsboro Business Association.

During the holiday season you will also have plenty of opportunities to support local businesses when you visit the restaurants in Penguin Place and MOSAIC at Chatham Park (don’t forget that gift cards make great stocking stuffers!). As more dining and shopping establishments grand open in the coming months, our community’s streets are sure to be a buzz of seasonal activity. For more information on how you can be a part of this live, work, play, learn community, visit The Chatham Park and MOSAIC Information Centers. Happy Holidays everyone!

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Chatham Park Builders Win Gold and Silver at 2021 Parade of Homes Gala

And the winners are (drumroll please)…David Weekley and Garman Homes! Chatham Park is proud to announce that both of our Parade Home builders were recognized at the 2021 Parade of Homes Gala hosted by The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, & Chatham Counties. David Weekley Homes brought home Gold in its category for the Careywood model and Garman Homes was awarded Silver in another category for its No Little Plans design. Both homes are located in Vineyards at Chatham Park. David Weekley showcased the Careywood, a beautifully decorated model home featuring 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms over 2,300+ square feet. Enjoy a wonderfully open and airy first-floor living space and impeccable trim details throughout the home.  The Barnaby, part of Nonfiction by Garman Homes’ Quotables Collection, is the 2021 America at Home Study Concept Home. This innovative floor plan boasts over 2,600 square feet with 4-bedrooms and 3.5-bathrooms and even has a secret room (we just can’t tell you where!).

In addition to the awards, Chatham Park experienced three successful Parade weekends due to beautiful weather, well-executed events, and a steady stream of visitors to the community. During our public event, visitors were able to enjoy food trucks, a caricature artist and participate in a fun scavenger hunt that led them to different locations including the two parade homes, Knight Farm Community Park, information tables for Thales Academy, Tri Pointe Homes and Homes By Dickerson, and the new information center at MOSAIC. Participants turned in their registration cards at the MOSAIC Comes Alive event to receive a Chatham Park goodie bag. Registrants were also added to the grand prize drawings. 

As supporters of the popular home tour, we recognize the opportunity to highlight not just our homes but our community as a whole. From our convenient location and stunning views to our myriad of amenities and retail spaces, we know you are going to love what Chatham Park has to offer.  

Over the three Parade weekends, more than 660 people (including 230 Realtors) toured the Vineyards and MOSAIC Information Center to learn about our community, amenities, and custom homes nearing completion. We are pleased to announce that the festivities resulted in five homes sold by David Weekley, two homes sold by Garman Homes, and a custom home sale for Walker Design Build. 

Ask us about upcoming events at both Vineyards and MOSAIC and we look forward to seeing you in our award-winning, technology-centric, master-planned community!

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Chatham Park adds another national builder, more housing options to the master-planned community

Tri Pointe Homes to build townhomes and single-family homes in the Vineyards at Chatham Park 

Pittsboro, NC- Chatham Park is once again offering more housing options to buyers interested in calling the master-planned community home. The most recent addition to the new home builder team in Chatham Park is Tri Pointe Homes, a national builder known for its customer experience, innovative design, and environmentally responsible business practices.

“As a recognized leader in the Carolinas real estate sector, Tri Pointe Homes is honored to build homes in exceptional communities across the southeast,”said Tri Pointe Homes Division President Bob Davenport. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to build our signature townhomes and single-family homes in Chatham Park, a master-planned community that mirrors our values for innovation, design, and stewardship.”

Tri Pointe Homes is planning to offer townhomes and single-family floor plans within the Vineyards section of Chatham Park. Including the sold out Cottage homes, this will make three types of products featured in the Vineyards. The Tri Pointe Homes townhome collection is comprised of five new home designs with 1 and 2-bay garages. Sales are expected to begin December  2021.  In the single-family home series, Tri Pointe Homes is highlighting three new home designs with multiple elevations to choose from for each, and 2-bay garages.

“We look forward to the home designs that Tri Pointe Homes will bring to the community as well as strengthening the relationship that has been established,” said Executive Vice President Vanessa Jenkins of Preston Development. “They have a great reputation in the industry for their resourcefulness, professionalism, and community involvement – all of which are as equally important to Chatham Park.”

Those who choose to purchase a Tri Pointe home in Chatham Park will benefit from an array of amenities within the community including 30 miles of scenic walking, biking and multimodal trails; playgrounds and a splash pad; picnic facilities; access to Haw River and Jordan Lake; an amphitheater for live music and entertainment; art galleries and much more. Penguin Place, located in Chatham Park, offers craft breweries, several dining options including Mi Cancun and Marco’s Pizza, as well as other needed services such as eye care, real estate, and financial planning.  Residents of Chatham Park will also enjoy close proximity to MOSAIC, a 44-acre live-work-play-learn mixed-use development located within Chatham Park along Highway 15-501. Scheduled to open Fall 2021, MOSAIC will provide upscale opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment as well as space for businesses and health care facilities. 

About Chatham Park

Developed by award-winning Preston Development Company, Chatham Park is a technology centric 7,068-acre live, work, play, learn master-planned community located just outside of Raleigh in Pittsboro, North Carolina.  Founded on five pillars: Innovation, Connectivity, Quality Design, Wellness, and Stewardship, the vision of Chatham Park is to offer a balanced, well-rounded lifestyle for those In Pursuit of a Life Well Lived.  More than 2,000 acres will be dedicated to parks and open space in addition to a wide range of amenities including over 30 miles of scenic walking, biking and multimodal trails; access to Haw River and Jordan Lake; an amphitheater for live music and entertainment; shops, dining, art galleries, and so much more. Chatham Park will feature unique home designs in five villages along with schools, office and retail space.

www.ChathamPark.com 

About Tri Pointe Homes (Raleigh)
One of the largest homebuilders in the U.S., Tri Pointe HomesÆ (NYSE: TPH) is a publicly traded company and a recognized leader in customer experience, innovative design, and environmentally responsible business practices. The company builds premium homes and communities in 10 states, with deep ties to the communities it serves – some for as long as a century. Tri Pointe Homes combines the financial resources, technology platforms, and proven connections and agility of empowered local teams. Tri Pointe has won multiple Builder of the Year awards, most recently in 2019, and made Fortune magazine’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List in 2017. Tri Pointe Homes also become a Great Place to Work-Certifiedô company in 2021. Tri Pointe Homes is a recognized leader in the Carolinas real estate sector.

For more information, please visit TriPointeHomes.com